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Another figure appears on the chessboard, an awakened “technokinetic.” Mamoru can control any machine he touches, change any program he links his mind to. He provides a vital key to Archon’s ultimate goal, but all Mamoru wants is to reclaim his honor.
Mamoru Saitō was well suited for life as a samurai of Matsushita Electronics Corporation, except for one thing―his conscience.
In 2418, Japan has reinvented itself as an anachronism of feudalism and high technology. Corporations govern entire prefectures, each ruled by a CEO wielding the authority of a warlord.
Mamoru’s supernatural ability to embody machines and change software at a thought makes him a coveted weapon in an endless cyberspace war. Ever with the sense he does not belong, he serves without question until an outsider wrests him from his master’s grip, forcing him to flee Japan.
Now a ronin, his sense of honor compels him to exact revenge upon the person responsible for his disgrace. His search reunites him with his past and brings acceptance that he is one of a handful of rare, potent psionics who call themselves The Awakened.
Caught between two factions vying to control him, the realization that family is all he truly wanted may have come too late.
- Genre: Cyberpunk / Adult
- Length: 385 pages
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The Mouse and the Candle
Release date: July 18 2016
God’s will be done.
After eleven years as a priest living by these words, Father Antonio Molinari never imagined who would teach his strongest lesson of faith―a vampire.
Part of a secret order within the Vatican, he is sent to investigate and debunk supernatural events. A case of possession brings him to the French countryside, where two local clergy offer him the chance of a lifetime. They claim to have captured a vampire, and beg his expertise in helping them study the fiend.
When their monster turns out to be a little girl, cursed to spend eternity hiding from the sun, he cannot bring himself to destroy her. The priests, mistaking his compassion for diabolism, panic, and his efforts to protect an innocent child prove fatal.
He awakes caught between light and darkness.
Hunted by the Church he once served as well as the fiends he once destroyed, Father Molinari clings to the faith there is still room for him in God’s plan.
But God is quiet, and the darkness tempting.
Current Goings On
[6/26/2016] – Back from Utopia con (wow what a drive, lol). The cats are happy to see me. Taking a day to unwind with a newly arrived submission for the DF anthology.
[6/18/2016] – Dead Man’s Number goes to a beta reader. Whee!
[6/13/2016] – Release date switching – The Eldritch Heart is scheduled for release on July 10 2017, but Araphel (Daughter of Mars #2) moved to Aug 21 2017.
[6/11/2016] – Signed a publishing contract for my novel The Eldritch Heart with Curiosity Quills!
[6/2/2016] – Roadhouse Chronicles #3 (Dead Man’s Number) hits 97291 words. 25 chapters out of 38 done.
[5/24/2016] – Signed the contract with Curiosity Quills for The Dysfunctional Conspiracy, a non-fiction memoir I co-authored with Christopher Veltmann.
[5/23/2016] – Started drafting Dead Man’s Number.
[5/22/2016] – Finished an outline for the third book in the Roadhouse Chronicles series, “Dead Man’s Number.” Also, Grey Ronin sneaks onto Amazon a day early!
[5/17/2016] – Tinkering with the outline for book 3 in the Roadhouse Chronicles. Looking forward to the release of Grey Ronin next Monday!
[5/16/2016] – Sent the first edit pass of Araphel (Daughter of Mars 2) back to Curiosity Quills.
[5/14/2016] – Got the editor’s feedback on Araphel (Daughter of Mars 2) back from CQ.
[4/30/2016] – Signed a contract with Curiosity Quills to publish book 2 of the Tales of Widowswood series – Emma and the Silk Thieves!
[4/26/2016] – Took on an editing project for CQ. (This Above All)
[4/25/2016] – The Eldritch Heart is off to beta readers. Now the worst part of writing – waiting for the feedback to come in.
[4/22/2016] – Been busy awhile and neglecting updates… Currently working on The Eldritch Heart – a YA fantasy. Finished up the first draft of The Dysfunctional Conspiracy, which I’m co-authoring with Chris Veltmann, did some edits for CQ, and got into drafting. Lack of news here = throwing every darn minute at writing or writing-related things when I’m not at the day job. Anyway, back to it.
[4/7/2016] – Been working on a nonfiction project for CQ that I’m not sure how much I can discuss yet. Coming along nicely. About 172 pages in so far. Also, looking forward to hearing beta reader replies from Emma and the Silk Thieves.
[3/23/2016] – Signed a contract with Curiosity Quills to publish The Redeemed (Roadhouse Chronicles book 2)!
[3/22/2016] – Back to doing edits for CQ since drafting is finished.
[3/21/2016] – Emma and the silk thieves is done! 67k words. Off to some beta readers.
[3/17/2016] – Curiosity Quills has signed Division Zero: Guardian! (Book 4 of the series) /wootles. Also, added 7616 words to Emma and the Silk Thieves. (You may be thinking, hmm, that seems low – but I only took two days off work. For writing after the day job, that’s pretty close to my best record in a day.)
[3/16/2016] – Added 14304 words to Emma and the Silk Thieves. 7 of 30 chapters down.
[3/15/2016] – Started drafting on Emma and the Silk Thieves (Book 2 in the Tales of Widowswood series). Got off to a somewhat slow start as I had a beta read to finish for CQ first, added 7951 words today.
[3/12/2016] – Sent the post-proofread of Hand of Raziel back to CQ. It’s ready to go!
[3/11/2016] – The proofread back for Nine Candles of Deepest Black is ready for me to look at. It’s standing in line now…
[3/10/2016] – I’ve been tapped by CQ for an interesting-sounding project. Not sure what (if any details) I can mention now, so apologies for vague-blogging.
[3/9/2016] – Got the proofread of Hand of Raziel back. 🙂 Also finished outlining Emma 2, tentatively titled “Emma and the Silk Thieves.”
[3/8/2016] – In the early outlining stages for the next book in the “Emma” series, following the events of Emma & the Banderwigh.
[3/3/2016] – Did a proofread for CQ on Ann Noser’s upcoming sequel to How to Date Dead Guys. Also added a Roadhouse Chronicles page here for the series and added book 2 (The Redeemed) to Goodreads. (Be lovely to see people adding to their want-to-read pile – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29407776-the-redeemed)
[2/29/16] – Got One More Run back from CQ’s editor for pass two. Minimal changes, sent it back to go into proofreading. Also heard that Nine Candles is in proof.
[2/27/16] – In the midst of editing a steampunk anthology for Curiosity quills.
[2/24/16] – Nine Candles is on its way back to CQ for proofreading after edit round 2.
[2/15/16] – One More Run finished with edit round one. Back to CQ it goes!